High Raise viewed from High Street

High Raise in background, Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike in front

Height: 2634 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells).

Date climbed: 22nd May 2010 (walk 14).

Bagged as number:  51 out of 214. [ << Kidsty Pike (50)   (52) Whiteside >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached from Kidsty Pike. Left down the long, gentle north-east ridge which goes over Low Raise and down to Measand Beck above Haweswater, and eventually came out at Bampton and Bampton Grange.

Summit of High Raise

Summit of High Raise

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 9 of his chapter): “The true fellwalker appreciates best a summit with rocks; failing that, a summit with stones. He will, therefore, have an affectionate regard for High Raise, especially if his visit follows a tour of the neighbouring fells, for its top is crowned with stones in a quantity uncommon amongst the heights of the High Street range, which are usually grassy – they are rough, weathered and colourful stones, a pleasure to behold.”

High Raise, above Haweswater

High Raise, above Haweswater: seen from Selside Pike (walk 65)

What I say: High Raise feels a long way from anywhere – indeed, it is a long way from anywhere, a point AW makes on his page 10 when warning about the time and difficulties potentially involved in any descent back to bed, board or bus. So it was galling to have my enjoyment of this summit despoiled by a prat in loud cycling gear talking very loudly on his mobile phone throughout my time there. Look, don’t we climb up here precisely to get away from that kind of thing? And why talk so loudly? Just because you’re on a mountain doesn’t make it harder for the other party to hear you. THAT’S WHAT THE PHONE DOES. Anyway, the fell – smooth, easy walking, not over-exciting, but good, open country.

Note: There are two High Raises, both of them significant mountains. The other one is the highest fell in the Central Fells (volume 3).

[ << High Raise (Central)     High Rigg >> ]

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